Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Restoration Basics

 We are getting to cute projects, I promise. But on our first day in the series I thought we'd start with the basics.  

Do you need restoration after the death of a dream or a divorce? Does your marriage? Your home? The ugly chair in the corner of the living room? Here's the thing. Sometimes we live with a certain amount of ugliness and after a while it becomes invisible to us. Have you ever put something in the dining room just until you can get rid of it or find it a home? Within days it's as if you almost stop seeing it. What annoyed you to no end the first few days just becomes something you walk around and hardly notice. The same can happen with entire rooms if we let it.

The same can happen with life. 

If we can let ugliness become tolerable in our homes, it's just as easy to let it get comfortable in our minds and hearts. Have you ever met anyone who told you all about some old hurt they suffered? If it's fresh you listen or offer advice about how to cope. But often, if it's old I find myself wondering why they are hanging on to it. The first thing about restoration is that you have to want it. And you have to be willing to do the hard work to get there. I promise it will be worth it in the end. Here's an example of what not to do.

This is a picture of my husband's office before:

I'm not even posting an after because even though my daughter came and spent an entire day trying to organize her dad, he was unwilling to let much of anything go. Even though it looks terrible he's accustomed to it.

Do you see the lesson here?

Here a few things I learned from my husband's office: 

  • It's not my mess to clean up, and you can really only clean up your own mess.
  • You have to want to be restored, no one else can do it for you.
  • Restoration is a process and it's messy. It is going to take time and hard work to get where you want to be.
  • It's worth every step. 
  • Do not settle for anything less than the beautiful life you want.

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